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Callout for contributors for the NWA Radio Show

We’re on the hunt for new contributors for the New Weird Australia radio show and podcast series – based anywhere in Australia, or indeed around the world. We’re looking for people who are interested in making pre-produced packages of material to be aired on the radio show, and featured in our podcasts.

Contributions would initially take the form of ‘NWA Profiles’ packages – interviews and recordings with people or groups who are active in the Australian underground & experimental music communities (artists, promoters, label managers, writers, venue owners, festival producers etc).

If you currently make radio, or are interested in producing packages of this kind, download the ‘Information for Contributors’ PDF for full details and submission guidelines.

January 2012 Events – The Low Light Social, Analogue To Digital, Wormwoodstock

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The Low Light Social on Saturday 14th January is a special evening of left field sound presented with Canberra’s hellosQuare Recordings, featuring six artists from around Australia and overseas who explore the common ground that sit nicely between electronic beat music, guitar folk forms, noise blasts and free jazz. The line-up features Tetras (Switzerland), Kangaroo Skull (Melbourne), Kasha (Canberra), Thomas William (Sydney), Spartak, Danger Beach + Mornings DJs.

In Perth, Scitech, in partnership with New Weird Australia, presents a special pre-public holiday edition of their regular Analogue to Digital event on Wednesday 25th January. This mid-summer edition features a diverse line-up of Perth experimental musicians who all work towards developing a certain sonic intensity and ‘heat’ in their music, either through harsh distortion or spectral ambience. Acts playing at Scitech include Ourobonic Plague, Craig McElhinney, Furchick, No Hand Path, K Wilson, Brain Full of Light and guest speaker Adam Burgess, as well as a High Voltage Show in the Lottery West Science Theatre.

Wormwoodstock, The Wormwood Festival runs from Friday 27th January at 1pm to Sunday 29th and over thirty inspiring DIY bands and solo artists from around Australia, in an intimate camping setting, 1.5 hours from Sydney. It’s designed to be an intimate festival for around 300 people, with DJs, performance artists and mind-blowing visuals from Wormwood regulars Optic Soup thrown into the mix. The line-up includes Scattered Order, Zeahorse, Brackets, Domeyko/Gonzalez, Thomas William, Nakagin, Feathers, Justice Yeldham, No Art, Nhomea, Kris Keogh, Kasha plus an array of acts from Melbourne label Fallopian Tunes – Document Swell, Trjaeu, Wild Dog Creek, Red Hymns & Yolke.

New on New Editions – Thomas William, Scissor Lock & Strange Forces

New Editions, the label imprint for New Weird Australia, winds up its first series of releases with two new albums on January 4th 2012 – from Thomas William vs Scissor Lock and Strange Forces.

Since launching in 2010, the series has released albums and EPs from Caught Ship, Blake Freele, Paneye, TANTRUMS, No Zu, Kris Keogh, Forenzics and Spartak. Each release has been available in both physical and digital formats. The final two releases in the current series see Sydney artists Thomas William and Scissor Lock coming together for their debut collaborative release, ‘Jewelz‘, as well as the first Australian physical release for Brisbane psych-rock ex-pats Strange Forces, who have been tearing up a storm in Berlin over the last two years. Listen to preview tracks from each release in the players below.

Both releases will be available on January 4th 2012, with pre-release physical copies available in CD Digipak editions at the Unpopular Music 2011 event on Saturday 17th December. New Editions will launch a second series of releases in 2012.

Spartak Release Third Album ‘Nippon’ on New Editions

We’re delighted to welcome Canberra based duo Spartak to the New Weird Australia family – returning with their third album Nippon on the New Weird Australia imprint New Editions. Released on October 29th 2011, Nippon sees duo Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian continuing to explore a hybrid sound of ‘indie’ rock, improvised jazz, electronic music and modern composition.

Since 2006, they have travelled around Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan numerous times, playing alongside hardcore bands, sound artists and free improvisers alike. This new release sees the duo expand on the loose improvisations of their previous work by taking in a more brittle electronic edge, alongside a reclaimed punk attitude, with recordings edited from performances in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka on their recent tour of Japan.

TSH:XVI & NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA presents SPARTAK ALBUM LAUNCH

[TSH] presents a special night in conjunction with New Weird Australia to launch ‘Nippon‘, the third album by Canberra electro-acoustic duo Spartak and first on NWA’s New Editions imprint.

Saturday 8th October 8pm
The Silent Hour
Level 1, 77-83 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

SPARTAK
Formed by Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian in 2007, Spartak have performed regularly around Australia, SE Asia and Japan alongside the likes of My Disco, Lawrence English, Lucky Dragons, Minamo and Andrew Pekler with their textural improvisations on guitar, drum kit, electronics and other found sounds . ‘Nippon’ was recorded while on tour in Japan earlier this year and suitably follows their last album ‘Verona’ (released on the English label Low Point) with it’s opposing influences of sound manipulation and hardcore/indie rock.

Also performing on the night are:

BRAIN DRAIN
Brain Drain is a Sydney based artist who straddles the divide between structure and improvisation, often revelling in the contrast between the two. His primarily guitar-driven pieces centre around creating both mood and rhythm through loops and using this repetition as a foundation on which to improvise. Since 2010, Brain Drain has released three albums: a self-titled debut cassette, the follow-up Wahine Division, and the collaborative album, Popolice Versus Brain Drain. braindrain3053.tumblr.com/

THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADE
The Deadly Nightshades are a brother sister duo making experimental vocal folk music in their hometown of Sydney. They record their voices in single, raw takes, and use these recordings to experiment with panning, layering and tuning.

New Compilation ‘VOX’ Out Now

Vox – Volume 10 in New Weird Australia’s compilation series – is now available for free download. Exploring the voice in experimental, alternative and eclectic musics, Vox is co-curated by artist and musician Gail Priest and NWA’s Stuart Buchanan, and features exclusive, unreleased material from Kusum Normoyle, Paul Heslin, The Deadly Nightshades, Kučka, Mimic Mass, Major Napier, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Scissor Lock and ronnu panda, alongside music from Holy Balm, Donna Hewitt, Sky Needle, Furchick, Mosaic Mosaic, Rabbit Island and Juarez.

New Weird Australia Launches Volunteer Network – Applications Now Open

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New Weird Australia is entering its third year of operation with a continuing mission to promote and support Australian underground and experimental music. In order to expand and evolve our work, we’re establishing the New Weird Australia Volunteer Network – a networked team of specialist volunteers, collaborating together on the ongoing development of the project.

The Volunteer Network is designed for people who have some initial background or expertise in a particular specialist area, but are looking to sharpen their skills and develop their experience. Whilst we have an initial indication of the types of activities we’d like the Volunteer Network to be involved in, we’re also open to the ways in which the Network might evolve over time – an evolution that will be determined in a large part by the volunteers themselves. Naturally, everyone in the Volunteer Network will have an appreciation of and an affinity with Australian underground and experimental music.

We would expect that everyone in the Volunteer Network would contribute at least four hours per week, and that the commitment would be for a minimum of three months. As the work would be managed via an online collaborative platform, volunteers can be based anywhere in Australia, working in their own home / premises.

The first batch of roles in the Volunteer Network are outlined below. To apply, please send an email with info about yourself, examples of / links to your work, and a few lines about some new Australian music that recent caught your attention to [email protected] Please include the title of the role(s) you’re interested in as the Subject line. Closing date for applications is Monday 5th September 2011.

WEB CO-ORDINATOR
The Web Producer will be primarily (although not exclusively) focused on developing the content of the main NWA web site. This will initially involve the creation of a new strategy for ongoing content (such as feature articles and interviews), coupled with updating & maintaining the current site (artist pages, release pages, news articles etc). The Web Producer will also assist the Director in the maintenance and development of NWA Facebook, Twitter & Flickr profiles and update the NWA presence on Bandcamp, Free Music Archive, Soundcloud & other platforms. WordPress and Photoshop experience essential.

PUBLICITY CO-ORDINATOR
The New Weird Australia publicist would be responsible for managing all physical and digital promo for NWA releases and activities. They would naturally follow-up and develop relationships with priority press contacts, as well as maintaining and developing a healthy contact database of national & international press, and co-ordinating the manufacturing of NWA promo discs. All promo mailout costs (postage, manufacturing etc) would be covered by NWA.

EVENT & TOUR CO-ORDINATOR
The Event & Tour Co-ordinator would play a pivotal role in helping New Weird Australia to develop its live event program and national touring network. Initially, this would involve working with the Director on the development of NWA’s 2012 touring program, as well as scoping opportunities for NWA events in towns and cities outside of Sydney. The functions of the role would be across all aspects of gig management – including venue management, artist liaison, technical co-ordination and event marketing.

VIDEO CO-ORDINATOR
The Video Co-ordinator role is somewhat speculative, in that its initial function would be to scope the feasibility of an ongoing video strand for the NWA project. We therefore anticipate that the Producer would develop a video content strategy (which may encompass content such as recordings of live performances, interviews, features, promo clips and similar), and thereafter source & manage voluntary contributors for such video content. The Producer would also source & manage voluntary resources for filming, editing and graphic development and investigate various options for online distribution.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & LABEL CO-ORDINATOR
Of all the volunteer roles, the Artist Development & Label Co-ordinator role is the least defined – and therefore most open to evolution by the person in the role. We expect that the Co-ordinator will seek out and develop new promotional, curatorial and performance opportunities (both nationally & internationally), as well as working with the Director on the development of NWA compilation series and New Editions release program. Curatorial and / or artist development experience would be an advantage, but not essential.

Forenzics, Domeyko/Gonzalez, Jusgo Mosh & Robot House – Live at FBi Social

New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the third and final New Weird Australia live event at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 16th June 2011 – rounding off the series in fine style, with a live simulcast broadcast on FBi.

Headlining this special night of Sydney-centric artists will be Forenzics – the local collective renowned for their experimental and improvisational slant on noise, psych, drone, art rock & post punk. The band will be launching their third album, ‘Build Ruins‘, a collaboration with Japanese electronic artist Ryota Yamamura and Joe Cummins – released on June 13th on New Weird Australia’s ‘New Editions’ label.

Forenzics will be joined by Domeyko/Gonzalez, the experimental / electronic Sydney duo of James Domeyko and Jaie Gonzalez, mixing a wild melee of instrumentation and sounds, and landing somewhere between Fuck Buttons and The Dirty Three. The band are celebrating the launch of their mini-album ‘No Way Back’, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP ‘The Circle Trilogy‘.

Also on the line-up, ‘disillusioned punks’ Jusgo Mosh – diverting their energy into noise / improv / psych territory – and four piece experimentalists Robot House, stirring up an eclectic mishmash of turntables, table, guitars and mixed electronics. Visuals on the night come from Redcell.

The event also marks the second anniversary of the New Weird Australia project, and to celebrate, FBi Radio will be broadcasting a live simulcast of the event on the ‘New Weird Australia’ radio show from 9pm. Tune in on 94.5FM in Sydney, or stream the show online at fbiradio.com.

This one-off event kick starts at 8pm and tickets $10 on the door.

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‘Wild, Strange & Beautiful’ – Kris Keogh’s ‘Processed Harp Works, Volume 1′

Kris Keogh‘s ‘Processed Harp Works Volume One’ is the sixth release on New Weird Australia’s label imprint, New Editions. Several years in the making, this genuinely unique album is made entirely from harp recordings, processed using self-made Reaktor ensembles.

The eleven track release – with cover art from New Weird Australia’s Heath Killen – is available as a ‘name your price, no minimum’ 320kbps / FLAC digital release, from our Bandcamp store. The original run of limited-edition CDs, housed in a gatefold card sleeve, has now sold out.

More info on the release, plus a video for “Above Paris, with stars in our eyes” can be found on the New Editions Release page.

Reviews & Interviews for ”Processed Harp Works Volume One”:

MUSIC NT feature an extensive Q&A with Kris titled ‘The Future Sound Of Darwin’ with rare photography of Kris at Aoyama Harp Studio in Osaka: “His new album – entitled ‘Processed Harp Works: Volume One‘ – is a luscious, dreamlike conglomerate of ‘click music’ and sampled harp sweeps, processed through software which he wrote himself. It might sound like an odd mix but the glitches marry organically to the harps strings, to produce work reminiscent of Japanese electronica pioneer Susumu Yokota, known for making equally haunting, beautiful electronic symphonies.”

Kris supplies the cover art and is interviewed by Alexandra Savvides in Issue 28 of CYCLIC DEFROST. “Processed Harp Works, Volume 1 is the sort of soundtrack that could easily accompany a Shigeru Miyamoto video game – imagine a Legend of Zelda-esque aural aesthetic married to beautiful imagery on screen.” You can read it online at cyclicdefrost.com, but we recommend downloading the PDF version for full effect.

The Australian blog EAST TO WEST is always unearthing amazing new local music. On Kris’ album, they say: “The crackling of the synths engulfs you as you come in and out of consciousness. It’s a cold, Eastern European winter and you wake up shivering throughout the night. Roll out of bed, crack open a bottle of vodka, warm your insides as you drown out the heavy rain beating down on the windows. Eventually, you’ll drift back to sleep…”

COME INTO LAND: “Though it’s every bit meditative as you might imagine an ambient composer’s approach to harp music would be, every moment is compelling. Keogh’s sampling gives every moment of disconnectedness a heavy emotional charge, with each periodic interjection of harp tones punctuating a complex and sympathetic textural layer.”

GRASS HOUSES: “As the name implies, the record is purely made up of recorded harp, processed and chopped, to an effect like a CD expertly scratched to skip choreographically. Moment of heavenly epiphany cut short by the subdued tones that should have built up to them. This, along with linear song titles, creates a narrative; or at least, it creates the sense of a narrative, obfuscated by constant jumps between chapters. Not so much a record of ‘catchy tunes’, treat this more as a piece of sound-art to be analysed, or else, on the contrary, as an ambient record to chill to.”

FLASHLIGHTTAG: “It sounds absolutely wild. Strange. Beautiful.”

REVIEWS NT: “Under a new label and a new name Kris Keogh has pushed himself again to create sounds that the intelligent listener can understand. Not restricted to the mainstream structure of chorus, verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, smash instruments. Kris has beautifully created his own world of noise that is visually enhanced by his own art work behind him on the stage and his laptop next to him.”

GRIND ONLINE “Like holding your breath so long you hear the tinkling of the angels wings”

Thanks too to all the radio shows that have supported the record, including Sound Lab (Triple J), Sound Quality (ABC Radio National), Utility Fog (FBi), Difficult Listening (RTR FM), Delivery (3RRR), War Is Peace (4ZZZ) and more.

New Weird Australia: The Sound of Young Canberra, Live at FBi Social

New Weird Australia at FBi Social, Thursday 19th May 2011.

Artitsts. Savages, Kasha, Reuben Ingall. DJ Shoeb Ahmad. Visuals By Eightfilters.

Details. FBi Social. Kings Cross Hotel. 248 William Street. Kings Cross. Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door.

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New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the second in a series of live events at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 19th May 2011, titled ‘ The Sound Of Young Canberra‘.

The night takes it cue from New Weird Australia’s compilation of the same name, released late last year, and featuring some of the finest eclectic and experimental music being made in the oft-maligned capital.

Headlining the night in their debut Sydney appearance are Savages – evolving out of the renowned Canberra act Spartak, and featuring a fine pedigree of artists – including Hellosquare label boss Shoeb Ahmad (guitars and vocals); his fellow Spartak bandmate, Evan Dorrian (nord, vocals, percussion), along with Matt Lustri (bass) and John Wilton (drums).

Canberra four-piece Kasha were one of the stand-out artists from the The Sound Of Young Canberra compilation, reworking the traditional notion of rock music, fusing tension, repetition and experimentation into their sound. Their recent 7″ single was released on Hellosquare, recorded and mixed by Casey Rice (Dirty Three, Pikelet).

Influenced by the likes of Fennesz and Xiu Xiu, show opener Rueben Ingall processes vocals and guitar through purpose-built patches to create a beautifully idiosyncratic melee of sound.

Savages’ Shoeb Ahmad also pitches up the turntables to DJ for the night, and there are visuals from local crew Eightfilters.

Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door. New Weird Australia at FBi Social (Kings Cross Hotel) is the second in an ongoing monthly series – for updates of other events in the series,

Photos from Axxonn Tour, January / February 2011

Documentation from the long & winding road that was our inaugural tour in January / February 2011. With Axxonn headlining, we staged eight dates across six states & territories, with a line-up also featured BREATHING SHRINE, MYSTIC EYES, SCATTERED ORDER, KASHA, AMBROSE CHAPEL, NO ZU, DOT.AY, ERASERS, CONSTANT LIGHT, OCEANS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, SPHERES, DIE ON PLANES, GILBERT FAWN, DUO, PEON and BORGIA

New Weird Australia at FBi Social: Underlapper (album launch).

New Weird Australia at FBi Social, Thursday 21 April 2011.

Artitsts. Underlapper (album launch), Cleptoclectics vs Scissor Lock, Edwin Montgomery. DJs Stupid Canon & Kimb Galercan. Visuals By Jeronimo.

Details. FBi Social. Kings Cross Hotel. 248 William Street. Kings Cross. Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door.

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New Weird Australia & Octopus pi present the first in a series of New Weird Australia live events at FBi Social in Kings Cross on Thursday 21st April 2011.

The night sees the long-overdue return of Sydney six-piece Underlapper, celebrating the launch of their third album ‘Sofly Harboured’ – an eclectic mix of post rock, experimental pop and downbeat electronic music, and the follow-up to the widely acclaimed 2007 album ‘Red Spring’.

In support, Sydney producer Cleptoclectics faces off against local compatriot Scissor Lock (fresh from the launch of his Collarbones collaboration), in the latest in their ongoing bouts of noise battles taking place in dark rooms across the city. Opening the night, solo artist Edwin Montgomery presents an inspired psychedelic tread through original songs, instrumentals and ambient textures. DJs Stupid Canon & Kimb Galercan fill the spaces along with projections from visual artist, Jeronimo.

Doors 8pm. Tickets $10 on the door. New Weird Australia at FBi Social (Kings Cross Hotel) is the first in an ongoing monthly series – the next event takes place on May 19th 2011 and is a showcase gig for our recent ‘New Young Canberra’ compilation, featuring Savages, Kasha, Reuben Ingall, DJ Shoeb Ahmad – more info to be announced,